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From: jenny-o
Date: 08-02-2007, 01:43 PM (1 of 11)
Finally, I have made my very first bathingsuit for my 3yo and I am very happy how it turned out. My pics aren't great but you get the idea:

She has worn it lots and it is holding up great. Most importantly, she loves it and I have already half way through the second one for my 6yo who was devastated that I hadn't made her one too. They like the skirt part best.
A couple questions that someone here will know for sure 'cause you all know everything:
1. the wooly nylon thread for the serger - I put it in both loopers and it worked fine, are you supposed to? Someone else told me to just put it in one looper for the rolled hem (which one?).
2. the elastic - where to get the plain rubber stuff I see in the ready to wear suits. Or am I better off sticking with the washable woven type? I used the cotton wrapped but maybe the poly is better? I don't want the elastic to go wavy which is what I have found the poly stuff to do in skirt waists.
Thanks for your input,
User: jenny-o
Member since: 08-28-2005
Total posts: 132
From: cshortsew
Date: 08-02-2007, 02:50 PM (2 of 11)

The bathing suit looks great and your daughter is so cute.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
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Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: MartySews2
Date: 08-02-2007, 03:57 PM (3 of 11)
What a cutie she is modeling her swimsuit. :love: I can't answer your questions as I have never made a swimsuit. However, in the July issue of Threads there is an article on making swimsuits with sources for supplies (like elastic). Hope this helps.
Marty :smile:
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: esrun3
Date: 08-02-2007, 05:16 PM (4 of 11)
your cutie pie is too cute in her swim suit-love the fabric!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
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From: Skye
Date: 08-02-2007, 06:06 PM (5 of 11)
Absolutely cute
cant help resources for elastic I get mine at Spotlight a large chain of stores down here in NZ and Australia
User: Skye
Member since: 09-28-2000
Total posts: 233
From: lendube
Date: 08-02-2007, 06:15 PM (6 of 11)
Very, very cute. Both the dd and the suit!

Someone will know the answer. I'm still too new at my serger to answer with confidence.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
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From: MissTaraTara
Date: 08-03-2007, 12:24 AM (7 of 11)
Great job! TOOOOOOO CUTE! That little girly girly of yours sure knows how to work the camera :wink:
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
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From: jenny-o
Date: 08-03-2007, 12:45 PM (8 of 11)
Thanks for the compliments!
I went back to my favourite fabric store for more elastic and asked someone else there about the rubber elastic and they did have it. I knew I was talking to the wrong person the first time. Oh well, the rubber type is about a third of the price of the other and I will try it out today. They don't sell the Threads magazine, I get Sew News magazine delivered. Might have to subscribe...

My neighbour down the street saw us at the pool and wants me to make one for her daughter too. If I can get faster at making them, it would make a good small business.
I've been working on a pattern for myself. I probably won't post a picture of me in that!
User: jenny-o
Member since: 08-28-2005
Total posts: 132
From: bridesmom
Date: 08-08-2007, 01:57 AM (9 of 11)
Jen, great job on the suits!! To answer your question on the wooly thread for a rolled hem, use it in the upper looper, loosen that tension a lot, and make the lower looper tension quite tight to get the wooly nylon rolled over all the way, takes a bit of adjusting to get it right, do it on some scrap, then write it down for next time!!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
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From: jenny-o
Date: 08-09-2007, 01:03 AM (10 of 11)
Thanks Laura! Will try that next time. I am getting to know my serger much better but it sure takes a lot of time.
User: jenny-o
Member since: 08-28-2005
Total posts: 132
From: SewManyProjects
Date: 08-11-2007, 01:22 PM (11 of 11)
That is adorable! Where did you find the fabric and what pattern did you use? I looked (irl stores and online) for swimsuit fabric and couldn't find anything I really liked. My dd's would love that suit.



Oh, and I like the clear elastic, I'm not sure if that's what your refering to when you say rubber? I've used the clear in cloth diaper making and it works well and holds up well.

Self taught sewist, wishing I could take classes, planning my 5 year old dd's spring/summer wardrobe.
User: SewManyProjects
Member since: 01-18-2007
Total posts: 33
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